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Nature's Ambassador
The Legacy of
Thornton W. Burgess
By Christie Palmer Lowrance

Nature's Ambassador







Mary Beers

Ms. Lowrance has captured the generous spirit, curious mind and loving heart of a children's author whose simple message of respect and concern for wildlife reached across the country and over the seas. I can speak of the years of research, countless interviews and editing struggles this author went through to be absolutely certain she was capturing the character of the man and his impact on not only children's literature but on the history of wildlife conservation and habitat preservation in our country. Much of this he accomplished by engaging children through rooted-in-fact, well crafted fictional literature. It is time to recognize this man who left us such an amazing legacy. Ken Burns here is inspiration for a new project!

Mark Madison

A fascinating book that recovers Burgess's role as an important 20th century conservationists. From his nature club radio hour to his filming the last sighting of the now extinct Heath Hen, Burgess was both a pioneer and iconic citizen-conservationist. His conservation work in conjunction with his children's literature brought a new generation into nature. These facts make this a timely book for a 21st century in which our youth are increasingly disconnected from the wild. A great read for New Englanders, environmentalists, historians, or anyone who has ever enjoyed the subtle nature writing of Burgess. 

Kathryn Handley “Writer”

Be assured when you hold this book in your hand, you have in your possession a true treasure! Thornton Burgess entertained children with his delightful books for over 100 years while promoting and lecturing on wildlife and conservation. The author takes the reader on a journey about Thornton Burgess with the use of extensive research and marvelous photos and illustrations. Having heard many of the original stories, shared them with my daughters, and now, grandchildren, I am thrilled to know the background of this amazing man. Nature's Ambassador: The Legacy of Thornton W. Burgess is a book that should be in all libraries and personal collections. Interest in this book will certainly span the decades. 

Gene A. Schott
Executive Director
W. Burgess Society

NATURE’S AMBASSADOR:  THE LEGACY OF THORNTON W. BURGESS by    Christie Lowrance is a book rich in information on a man who rose from humble beginnings to become one of the most beloved children’s authors of his day.  In addition, as Ms. Lowrance so forcefully articulates, Burgess, who had just a high school education plus one year of business school, also became one of the most respected pioneer naturalists, conservationists and environmentalists of the 20th Century. 

Nature’s Ambassador was so carefully and thoroughly researched that the author reveals facts about this remarkable man that even the Thornton W. Burgess Society was unaware of.  This book is a must read for all lovers of nature as well as those who for decades were and continue to be entertained and informed by the writing of this marvelous storyteller.






























































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